Couscous with Fresh Mint and Parsley – Recipes To The Rescue Blog


A bowl of  Couscous with Fresh Mint and Parsley .

If you are looking for a side dish to serve with your main meal, then look no further.  This is a fast couscous dish with cucumber, tomato, dried apricots, slivered almonds and a hint of cumin.  

Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 cup boiling water

1 cup dry couscous

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon of chopped ginger

1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped

6 dried apricots, chopped small

1/2 medium English cucumber

1 large tomato, diced

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

For the dressing:

1/4 cup orange Juice (from one medium-sized orange)

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste


Put 1 cup of dry couscous in a small bowl and pour boiling water over it. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Give it a stir and then cover it with a plate for five minutes. Then, fluff with a fork and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and sauté onions, garlic and ginger until soft, about 6-8 minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl add the couscous, cooked onion mixture, jalapeño pepper, apricots, cucumber, tomato, almonds, mint and parsley.  

In a small jar, combine the olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, Dijon mustard and cumin. Pour over the couscous mixture, season with salt and pepper, and combine well. 

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